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Silverlight Cream for September 30, 2008 -- #383
Chris Cavanagh with Actionscript layout library, Martin Mihaylov with Voting control, Bart Czernicki on Dynamic Assembly loading, Peter McGrattan on Duplex Polling, Terence Tsang with FPS Meter, Gerard Leblanc Turning the Page, Robby Ingebretsen on Blend Modes, Greg Schechter on Shader Effects, and Jonas Follesø with an Expression Add-In for Color. Wow... busy day, is it because of the RC0, or the phase of the moon? I've got 10 plus 2 in this post and another 11 or 12 for this evening, not counting ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2008 2:24 PM

Tim Heuer at Phoenix Silverlight User's Group October 1, 2008
Wednesday October 1, 2008 is our next regularly scheduled Phoenix Silverlight User's Group meeting, and I'm proud to announce that Tim Heuer will be talking to us about RC0 and other things he is up to, and take your questions or lead about topics as well. I believe this is the first time he's talked at our group since he became a Program Manager on the Silverlight Team, so don't miss this opportunity to interact with not only one of our Phoenix Rock Stars, but a person that has direct knowledge ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2008 11:00 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 29, 2008 -- #382
Boyan Mihaylov on SL/Amazon, David Hyde with SL Stock Portfolio, Chris Anderson with SL LOB app, Jesse Liberty on Content Presenter and Isolated Storage, Shawn Burke on ExpandoHeaderControl, Brad Abrams on CSLA and SL, Matthias Shapiro on ListView Styles, Manish Dalal on Combobox in DataGrid, Jeff Wilcox on SL & JS, David Anson on LayoutTransform, Terence Tsang with a simple text effect, and Lee with Combobox in DataGrid The SilverlightShow Write and Win Contest is ready for your votes! Three ......

Posted On Monday, September 29, 2008 10:27 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 28, 2008 -- #381
Bart Czernicki on RC0, Bill Reiss on RC0 Text, Shawn Wildermuth on WebClient, Expression Blend Team with DZ Templates, Matthias Shapiro on Generic.xaml, Jeff Handley on Property Changed Events, Terence Tsang with Laser Orbit, and Jesse Liberty on Skinnable Custom Controls. If you know Chad Campbell, or know him by way of Twitter or some other social means, you'll also know he's been laboring over his book for over a year. John Stockton has assisted on this, and now reports that the electronic version ......

Posted On Sunday, September 28, 2008 9:24 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 27, 2008 -- #380
Jeff Handley on Binding to Nullable Values, Matthias Shapiro Styling ScrollViewer, Andy Beaulieu with SL2 RC0 Crash, Shawn Wildermuth on WebClient vs. WebRequest, Bill Reiss on Fonts in RC0, and Terence Tsang with Dancing Polygons. Shawn Wildermuth has an RC0 post up that is worth a read: Silverlight 2 Tools Release Candidate Now Available. Michael S. Scherotter has been porting to RC0 and has a blog post up also: First Silverlight 2 Beta 2 to RC0 Porting Success. From Binding ......

Posted On Saturday, September 27, 2008 11:26 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 26, 2008 - 2 -- #379
Jeff Handley on Layout Cycle and ContentPresenter gotchas, Pete Brown on VSM Styles and SL2 RTM, Bill Reiss with Cleaner Game Loop, Matthias Shapiro with Zooming Buttons and Color Picker, Expression Blend Team with Blend 2 SP1, Jeff Wilcox on RC0 Unit Test, Terence Tsang with Resilience Rectangle and Grid Transition Rotator, and Gerard Leblanc rotating images. Yowzer... you can certainly tell something was released! David Anson reports: Preserving access to Silverlight 2's generic.xaml resources ......

Posted On Friday, September 26, 2008 3:26 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 26, 2008 -- #378
Ed Silverton with 3D Flickr Photo, A gaggle of Silverlight Developers blogging about RC0, and Bill Reiss with a fix for RC0 not working. Unless you've been sleeping behind the door, or you're not overly interested in chasing the technology, you already know that last night Scott Guthrie announced Silverlight 2 Release Candidate Now Available. For both of you that have just awakened and are reading this, let me be the first to announce it... for everyone else, I've tried to cull the more informative ......

Posted On Friday, September 26, 2008 10:28 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 25, 2008 - 2 -- #377
Tim Heuer on Isolated Storage, Dan Wahlin Animating Clipping Paths, Mike Snow on Fonts and TextBlocks, Terence Tsang with "Stray Sheep", and Lee on MouseWheel in ScrollViewer and DataTemplate controls. Adam Kinney blogged PDC Badges, I've got one already... looks like fun! From IsolatedStorage as a Silverlight object cache Tim Heuer discusses and demonstrates using Isolated storage as a caching mechanism instead of Browser cache... now tell me that's not cool :) Author: Tim ......

Posted On Thursday, September 25, 2008 3:10 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 25, 2008 -- #376
Matthieu Laban with 3D graphics, Denis opens "SilverlightBooks", Tim Heuer on the mouse wheel, Koen Zwikstra on Custom Controls, Manish Dalal on Attached Properties, Terence Tsang with Random Moving Rotator, Jordan Knight on Snapshotting your data, and Gerard Leblanc with more Image Effects. Emil Stoychev a SilverlightShow reports that LinkLabel control is now live on CodePlex!. I posted about the control, but now it's on CodePlex, so go have at it... others already are! From ......

Posted On Thursday, September 25, 2008 9:38 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 23, 2008 -- #375
Hannah Watkins on Creating Graphics for a SL Game, Mohammad Dayyan with WPF clock, Jesse Liberty with a Podcast on Templating, on DeepZoom stitching, Mike Snow on WCF vs ASMX, and making it snow, Terence Tsang with fireworks, Joel Neubeck begins a Casual Games series, Corey Schuman with another 3D example, Doug Blackmore with a closeable tab item, Bill Reiss with Dogs Photomosaic and troubleshooting Data Access. Tim Sneath reports on What You’ll Hear at PDC2008... sounds like a good time ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 23, 2008 3:23 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 22, 2008 -- #374
Rob Houweling with a Jeff Paries Sneak Preview, Devin Rose with "Mountain Pass Tower Defense", Shawn Wildermuth's "Dirty Little Secrets", Pete Brown's SL/Facebook application, Mike Taulty on Drawing outside the Control, SL/WPF Sharing Libraries, Remix UK Code, Andy Beaulieu presentation demos and slides, Terence Tsang with Advanced Image Carousel, Michael S. Scherotter updates his Ball watch to SL2, Jesse Liberty with a common starter app, Lee with Select All Checkbox, and Gerard Leblanc with more ......

Posted On Monday, September 22, 2008 10:38 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 19, 2008 -- #373
Martin Mihaylov on the DataGrid, Bill Reis with Text, Scott Barnes Introduces Project Nexus, Jose Fajardo on Expression Design, Terence Tsang with an Image Carousel, and Adam Kinney on Shidonni. Adam Kinney blogged about posting at least once a day to PDC, and Bill Reiss took up that challenge as well, so expect to see some good stuff from the both of them! Oh, and thanks for the shout-out, Bill! On another note, Bill has his RSS feed now provided by FeedBurner, so you need to swap your URI. Steve ......

Posted On Friday, September 19, 2008 2:25 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 18, 2008 -- #372
Joseph Ghassan on SL Full Screen, Adam Cooper on ListBox bug, Gerard Leblanc on image visual effects, Manish Dalal on IEditableobject, Mike Snow on WebServices and SL, Martin Grayson with Blacklight, and Terence Tsang on Mathematical Locus. Jeff Paries breaks loose with Two more projects from Foundation Silverlight 2 Animation ... these are seriously cool! ... the book's going to be a killer :) We're all coming up with colorrefs all the time, check out the post Pull Down The Shades: A Color Sidebar ......

Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:27 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 17, 2008 -2 -- #371
Chris Cavenagh has his YouCube interactive, Jesse Liberty on Custom Controls, Pete Brown with SL TechFest session recordings, Adam Cooper with SL2 MouseWheel Support, Beth Massi building a WPF Grid, and Terence Tsang's Water Effect. Cameron Albert has an article up on Game Scripting in Iron Python that might be of interest to some. From YouCube 2.0 - Interactive! This post by Chris Cavanagh is not Silverlight, but it's seriously fun, and it's close... it's WPF, and it's source, ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 17, 2008 12:15 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 17, 2008 -- #370
Jeff Weber released "Diver", Mike Snow on Bookmarks and Terence Tsang on 3D Image Space. Want to know what controls are coming down the Silverlight Trail? Checkout Shawn Burke's Control Freak article... and check out the team members, too! Corey Schuman has an intrigueing app of images in 3D space floating around. He says he's going to work on zooming in and out. Check out what he has now. Jonas Follesø reports that Developer Build of Chrome (1251) fixes Silverlight 2 bugs, and check out the updates ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 17, 2008 6:58 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 16, 2008 -- #369
Martin Mihaylov continues with DataGrid, Rabeeh Abla with a Mesh Viewer, Gerard Leblanc on animations, Dan Wahlin on Input Controls, Jeff Wilcox on SL Unit Test, Michael S. Scherotter on high DPI issues, Terence Tsang with Flip Rotator, Sandy Place with Dynamic WCF Client Proxy, and Jeff Paries on SL/Twitter a new way. Karl Shifflett has released an updated version of XAML Power Toys V2... this is of use to those WPFers and Silverlighters alike. Page Brooks at SilverlightContrib has some information ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 2:44 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 15, 2008 -- #368
Martin Mihaylov on the DataGrid, Bart Czernicki on Game Concepts, James Bacon on an update to Mashooo, Joseph Ghassan on Number to Text Presentation, Andy Beaulieu with a Physics Helper for Blend and SL, Scott Barnes on Inner Glows with Blend, Mike Snow on Floating Point comparisons, Terence Tsang with Kaleidoscopes, and Jesse Liberty with a simple application. Laurent Bugnion reports that the Table of Contents for his Silverlight 2 Unleashed book is ready... cool, Laurent! From ......

Posted On Monday, September 15, 2008 11:32 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 12, 2008 -- #367
Nikolay Raychev on SL and Localization, Chris Koenig on Style, WPF and SL, with developer training, Andy Beaulieu on finding Media Elements, Michael S. Scherotter with SL2 text to Word2XAML, Terence Tsang with Waving Text, Joel Neubeck with a SL Rating Control, Jesse Liberty begins a Custom Control series, and Jonas Follesø on WCF Authentication. Somasegar blogged about the new Social Bookmarking platform. I've created an account on MSDN, using the name "Dave [WynApse]" and I'm archiving ......

Posted On Friday, September 12, 2008 1:09 PM

Silverlight Cream for Septermber 11, 2008 -- #366
First today as a USArmy veteran (1970-1973), I think I would be remiss in not remembering 9-11-01. Roger Guess deployed his new game "Defend Stuff", Martin Mihaylov on the DataGrid, Inkubook's new Photobook software, Jonas Follesø with SL2 navigation, Mike Snow on the Install and creating a Zoom Toolbar, and Terence Tsang parsing XML. Doug Blackmore's Silverlight 2 Combobox that I blogged about last week is up on the Write and Win! Contest at SilverlightShow, and I might also add, they're still getting ......

Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2008 12:12 PM

Missing Eject USB Drive Tray Icon
Include this in the big list-o-reasons why I end up getting out of the house later than I like! I went to "Safely Remove" my USB HDD this morning, and whoa... the tray icon is gone! hmmm... so I open up Computer Managment Console and rat around but can't find anything EXACTLY like that. I thought about rebooting to see if I got it back, but the box rebooted during the night for some reason... probably an update... and it didn't come back after that, so I figured what they heck, I can probably find ......

Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2008 9:39 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 10 -- #365
Bart Czernicki on MultiThreading, Cigdem with HangRobot, Corey Schuman with a video slider, Terence Tsang with Random Expand Rotator, Mike Snow Dynamically Loading SL Apps, Manish Dalal with a SL Business App, and Tim Heuer on SL Effects Libraries. Lots of side comments today, so be sure to read this stuff as well! Jeff Paries posted that he has almost 190 'projects' in his new Silverlight book... wow! ... I referenced before having seen some of this, and Jeff has now posted a few words about the ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 10, 2008 12:00 PM

How to make your staff more productive + 6 days
As it turns out, my client has a piece of software running on a server called "Freeloader" ... it's written in VB, has very bad resolution for some reason, but they're quite proud of it... picture of the guy responsible and listing of all the folks that helped in the About box. Freeloader is a list of all sorts of free software that's been vetted by the IT department for use inside the company. You select what you want, and it downloads the software to your system so you can install it. It will optionally ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 2:31 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 09, 2008 -- #364
Alex Golesh altering style dynamically, Tim Heuer revisits the Install, Mike Taulty on Async Events and Binding Images to URIs, Expression Blend blog on Deep Zoom Resources, Adam Kinney on Project Rosetta, and Terence Tsang on Simple Drawing If you are in NYC on 9/13, Tim Heuer has announced Silverlight in the Big Apple. Koen Zwikstra has announed A Minor SilverlightSpy Bugfix. Chris Carper, on his Business of Silverlight blog has a post about Sunday Night Football on NBC. Anna Wrochna has posted ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 11:02 AM

Don't give up on Live Mesh!
If you read my blog much, you'll know I can't run Live Mesh at the office, so what's the point, eh? Well, to get ready for my presentations at Dev Teach Montreal, I got myself a new(er) laptop... one with bigger cajones, and I can run Live Mesh on it. It may seem silly since when it's on the network I can just attach a folder from the other machine, but then I'm always having to be sure to remember where I changed files last, so why not let Live Mesh deal with it? So I got it all wired up, and things ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 9:46 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 08, 2008 -- #363
Jordan Knight hooking up the Browser back/forward buttons, Cameron Albert with "Joust", Andy Beaulieu with "Hook Shot", Jonas Follesø's TechEd ANZ Presentation, Azret Botash on SL & XPO, and John Papa on Event Declaration. Tim Heuer announed a webcast tomorrow (September 9) on Troubleshooting Data Services in Silverlight.... looks like it might be one not to miss! From Control Silverlight by Using Browser Back and Foward Buttons Jordan Knight sent me this link about controlling ......

Posted On Monday, September 8, 2008 10:34 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 06, 2008 -- #362
Michael Washington on Silverlight Desktop for DNN, Corey Schuman with Play/Paus button, Shawn Wildermuth on Project Rosetta, Koen Zwikstra on disposing of objects, Mike Snow on Full-screen mode and creating shadows, and Ken with XAML on demand. Shawn Wildermuth uploaded a new version of the code for his SL2/Data Services article on MSDN. Shawn also announed the addition of my friend Erik Mork to the staff of Silverlight Tour... now that's advantageous for all involved, and congratulations to both ......

Posted On Saturday, September 6, 2008 8:53 AM

How to make your staff more productive - Redux
In relating the last post to someone (another productivity enhancer this exercise fosters), I was reminded of a similar exercise I went through 'back in the day' at either Sperry or Honeywell, I don't remember which version of the company it was at the time. I was at a point in my career that I was learning Windows programming, and they were trying to figure out where to put me. So I found myself in 'Desktop Support' for a while. This was about the time that Viasoft almost imploded by having some ......

Posted On Thursday, September 4, 2008 3:27 PM

How to make your staff more productive
I can understand my client's IT department blocking MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. I might not like it that Twitter is blocked, but I do understand. I don't understand if they work so hard keeping their employees off Internet sites, then why they allow them to use IM on the Intranet, but hey... that's why I write software, not set policy I guess. So today's exercise in useless time is spent getting ready for a software audit. Now, of course, I'm not dumb enough to be running a cracked copy ......

Posted On Thursday, September 4, 2008 2:20 PM

Silverlight Cream for September 04, 2008 -- #361
Chris Cavanagh with YouCube, Bart Czernicki with a Multithreading control, Doug Blackmore with a SL2 Combobox, SilverlightShow with a 'glow' effect, SilverlightGirl on making a text appear and disappear, Peter McGrattan with a 3-part series on WCF Polling Duplex Support, IdentityMine with Desklighter, Shawn Wildermuth on the new build of DataServices library, Jonas Follesø with presentation material, and Chris Hay with Manic Miner on Spectrum Emulator. Yeah... I know I've got a couple database fixups ......

Posted On Thursday, September 4, 2008 11:20 AM

Silverlight Cream for September 02, 2008 -- #360
Koen Zwikstra with Silverlight Spy, John Papa on UserControl from Popup Control, Shawn Wildermuth on his SL2 Data Services Article, Pete Brown with an install experience, Jonas Follesø on Presentation Model and HTML Bridge, and Martin Grayson with Parts 2 and 3 of his Dragging, Docking, Expanding Panels and His Media Player. From New Spy: HTTP Monitor and Install improvements Koen just keeps making SilverlightSpy better and better ... lots of good improvements in this latest ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 2, 2008 10:23 PM

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